Michael Platini: Former Uefa president released from custody after being questioned over multiple World Cups
Michel Platini was released from custody in the early hours of the morning after being questioned by French police who are investigating a number of major football tournaments and how the hosting rights for them were awarded.
Former Uefa president Platini was detained on Tuesday in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris, and questioned at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF) in what was initially reported as an investigation into the 2022 World Cup, which is due to be staged in Qatar.
But after being released at around 12:30am local time (11:30pm BST), Platini revealed that authorities quizzed him on both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, as well as the 2016 European Championship, and the former France national team captain was also questioned about Fifa and Paris Saint-germain.
“It was long, but given the number of questions it could not be different,” Platini said after his release. “They asked me questions about the 2016 Euro, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, the Paris Saint-Germain, Fifa.”
Platini has denied any wrongdoing and said that he was not arrested but questioned as a witness to the investigation, adding that his involvement is “is much ado about nothing.”…….read more